Andre Villas-Boas claims Daniel Levy tried to ‘SELL’ him to PSG for £15m in compensation but the Tottenham boss refused to move due to his ‘love’ for the club… before he was sacked in 2013
- Andre Villas-Boas said Daniel Levy tried to get rid of him in the summer of 2013
- He said Levy liked the idea of the compensation they would get if he joined PSG
- Villas-Boas wanted to stay at Spurs for his love of the club and turned PSG down
- Spurs sacked Villas-Boas after their 5-0 defeat to Liverpool in December 2013
As a result, Villas-Boas was forced to leave the club in December. However, the 44-year-old has revealed how Levy tried to get rid of him in the summer of 2013 when PSG registered an interest in his services.
Andre Villas-Boas said that Daniel Levy tried to get rid of him from Spurs in the summer of 2013
Villas-Boas refused to resign due to his love of Spurs, so Levy took matters into his own hands
Levy wanted Villas-Boas to take the job at the Ligue 1 side. He was interested in the compensation the north London club would receive as a result of his departure.
However, Villas-Boas – who lead Spurs to a fifth place finish and to the last 16 of the Europa League in his first season in charge – said no.
The Portuguese football manager said he wanted to stay at Spurs for his love for the club but recalled how his relationship with Tottenham’s hierarchy turned sour as a result.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Villas-Boas said: ‘The PSG offer was on the table. Yeah, Daniel wanted to sell me for £15million. PSG obviously didn’t want to pay £15m and there were a lot of things that weren’t right with Paris Saint-Germain, particularly on their approach.
Villas-Boas took charge of Tottenham in 2012 and lead them to a fifth place finish and to the last 16 of the Europa League during his first season at the club
Villas-Boas spent £105m on new players in the summer following Gareth Bale’s departure
‘And I decided to stay, for my love of Tottenham. I think Tottenham were waiting for me to go and that’s it. That was the stepping stone for the beginning of a bad relationship for that [second] season.
‘It’s always details. At that time we were not happy with each other. I stayed in Tottenham for my love of Tottenham and Tottenham wanted me out and that’s it. That was the end of a story and we parted company by a very, very simple agreement.’
Villas-Boas’ sacking came after Spurs were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool. Luis Suarez scored twice to dominate 10-man Tottenham to move second in the Premier League table.
Spurs then registered a 6-0 loss to Manchester City and a 5-0 loss to Liverpool (above)
Luis Suarez (above) scored twice to dominate 10-man Tottenham to move second in the table
The result against Liverpool was the straw that broke the camels back – having already lost 6-0 to Manchester City on 24 November.
However, Villas-Boas – who has spent £105m on new players in the summer following Gareth Bale’s departure to Real Madrid – said he would not resign as he was ‘not a quitter’.
When asked whether he would step down after Tottenham’s lost to Liverpool, Villas-Boas said: ‘That decision is not mine. I won’t resign and I’m not a quitter. The only thing I can do is work hard with the players to try and get the results that we all want.’
Therefore, the decision was taken out of his hands. Tottenham shared the following statement: ‘The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach Andre Villas-Boas for the termination of his services.
Villas-Boas was given his marching orders in December 2013 but Levy tried to get rid of him in the summer as he wanted the wanted the compensation
‘The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties. We wish Andre well for the future. We shall make a further announcement in due course.’
It comes as no surprise Tottenham sacked Villas-Boas considering Spurs had won just one of their past six home league game prior to the loss to Liverpool.
However, he had registered a 53.7 win percentage across all the league games he had taken charge of since taking the role in 2012.
That percentage was the highest of any Tottenham manager since the Premier League era began in 1992.
Villas-Boas also lead Spurs to a fifth place finish and to the last 16 of the Europa League in his first season in charge of the north London club.
ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS TIMELINE
1977: Born in Porto on 17 October
1993: Worked as a trainee under Sir Bobby Robson at Porto
1994: Achieved Uefa C coaching licence in Scotland
2002: Became part of Jose Mourinho’s staff at Porto
2004: Followed Mourinho to Chelsea
2008: Moved with Mourinho to Inter Milan
2009: Took over as the manager of Academica
2010: Became the Porto boss
2011: Won the league, cup and Europa League in first season
2011: Became the manager of Chelsea, but was sacked in early 2012 after 40 games in charge
2012: He went on to replace Harry Redknapp as manager of Tottenham Hotspur
2013: He started well and lead Spurs to a fifth place finish and to the last 16 of the Europa League in his first season in charge
2013: Sacked by Tottenham in December and joined Zenit St. Petersburg
2016: Became the manager of Shanghai Port
2019: Took charge of Olympique Marseille and was sacked in February 2021